Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough
University of Toronto Libraries
Job Location: Ontario
Apply By: 08/06/2019
Date Created: 07-03-2019
Are you looking for challenging, meaningful work in a supportive and diverse environment? Are you looking for a career at one of Canada’s top employers? Work where the world comes to think, discover and learn. Consider a career at the University of Toronto.
The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications and nominations for a visionary, strategic, innovative and experienced library leader to assume this key position. The Chief Librarian will provide collaborative leadership to the Library at the Scarborough campus in shaping the research and instructional mission of the University.
The Chief Librarian reports to the UTSC Vice Principal, Academic and Dean. They provide imaginative leadership, support and mentorship to a growing library division.
The Chief Librarian uses inclusive and collegial approaches to develop goals and objectives, prepare budgetary priorities, and to provide leadership in library and campus-wide planning. They promote a user-centered approach to the delivery of rich collections of resources in support of the teaching, learning and research missions of UTSC and fosters innovative programs and services, all programming being driven by a strong culture of assessment. The Chief Librarian seeks to build strong donor relations. Finally, they provide staff with a risk-free environment to incubate experimental and new ideas.
The Chief Librarian at UTSC also serves as a member of the University-wide Chief Librarian’s executive leadership team and maintains a dotted-line relationship to the University’s Chief Librarian for matters related to university-wide library planning and administration of librarian policies. They represent the Library at the campus, university, national and international level on issues relevant to the portfolio and supports a leadership role for the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) with a wide range of associations and stakeholders.
UTSC and the University of Toronto
Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is the largest and most prestigious research-intensive university in Canada. It has 90,000 students on its three campuses and almost 21,000 faculty, librarians and staff.
The University of Toronto Scarborough, also known as U of T Scarborough or UTSC, is one of the three main campuses of the University of Toronto. UTSC is an anchor institution in the eastern GTA and combines the intimacy of a close-knit campus, the breadth of the liberal arts and the depth and rigor of one of the world’s best research universities. UTSC is located next to popular natural landmarks in Toronto’s greenest area, and is in one of Toronto’s most diverse and multicultural neighbourhoods. The UTSC Library aligns itself with campus partners to serve this quickly growing campus within the larger UTL system.
UTSC Library and the University of Toronto Libraries
The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) system is the largest academic library in Canada and is ranked sixth among peer institutions in North America. The system consists of 42 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of over 280 graduate programs, including over 60 professional programs, and about 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 15 million volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides access to millions of resources in various forms, including, for example, electronic, audio-visual, and geospatial materials. UTL also has over 31,000 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year. The Libraries' data centre houses more than 500 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.
As an important part of the UTL System, the UTSC Library provides circulation, access and reference services, collection development, information literacy instruction, research, scholarly communication and digital scholarship support for approximately 13,500 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students, and 360 faculty. The UTSC Library is well-integrated with strong relationships across the campus to meet user needs through the Liaison Librarian program. In response to academic direction and new opportunities, the library has developed innovative and valued services and spaces, such as the Digital Scholarship Unit (https://digitalscholarship.utsc.utoronto.ca/
) and The Bridge (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/thebridge/welcome-bridge
). The librarians and staff of the UTSC Library cultivate a collegial and collaborative culture.
- An accredited degree from a Master’s level program in library and information studies
- Significant and successful experience in increasingly responsible management positions in academic research library settings with demonstrated leadership skills. Relevant administrative, managerial and supervisory experience in an academic library.
- A compelling vision of the academic library in the 21st century.
- Substantial knowledge and understanding of the roles of libraries in today’s universities, success in introducing innovations and proven ability as a strategic thinker.
- A demonstrated track record of fostering an environment of user-centred service excellence and of outreach to students.
- Proven ability to maintain the confidence and co-operation of colleagues and staff, and to inspire trust and respect.
- A record of collaborative partnerships involving diverse faculty, donors, library staff, students and other campus stakeholders.
- A demonstrated capacity to thrive in an environment of change and to nurture that capacity in others.
- Success in creating and fostering a positive working environment and in building effective teams; strong people skills, including being a good listener and the capacity for mentorship.
- An enthusiasm for participating in advancement activities collaboratively with the UTSC advancement team and the U of T library system.
- Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications; proven qualities of commonsense and mature judgment; strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Record of contributions to academic librarianship through relevant peer-reviewed publication, professional engagement or related activities.
Salary and Terms of Appointment
- Significant participation in relevant professional associations.
- Good understanding of current and emerging information technologies and of their potential for all the areas of the portfolio.
Salary and appointment level are based on experience and qualifications. This is a five-year renewable term position. It is also a permanent status stream position.
NOTE: Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.
Application Materials Required:
A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single
electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname, FirstName.CHIEFUTSC] to Library Human Resources at email@example.com; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; or by fax to (416) 946-5543 by August 6, 2019.
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment, and selection processes as accessible as possible and will provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants but will only contact applicants selected for an interview.
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